Managing UpHow to Move up, Win at Work, and Succeed with Any Type of Boss
Build vital connections to accelerate your career success Managing Up is your guide to the most valuable 'soft skill' your career has ever seen. It's not about sucking up or brown-nosing; it's about figuring out who you are, who your boss is, and finding where you meet. It's about building real relationships with people who have influence over your career. Managing up is good for you, good for your boss, and good for the organization as a whole. This book gives you strategies for developing these all-important connections and building more than rapport; you become able to quickly assess situations, and determine which actions will move you forward; you become your own talent manager, and your boss's top choice for that new opportunity. As a skill, managing up can do more for your career than simply 'networking' ever could—and this book shows you how. Real-world strategies give you a set of actionable steps, supplemented by expert advice from a top leadership consultant that helps you get on track to advancement. It's never too early or too late to start adjusting your alignment, and this book provides the help you need to start accelerating your trajectory. Develop robust relationships with influential people Enhance your self-awareness and become more adaptable Gain new opportunities and accelerate your career Stop 'schmoozing' and develop true, lasting connections Managing up helps you build the sort of relationships that foster more communication, collaboration, cooperation, and understanding between people at different levels of power, with a variety of perspectives and skills. This type of bridge-building builds your reputation for effectiveness and fit, so you can start skipping rungs on the ladder as you build a strong, successful career. Managing Up is your personal manual for building this vital skill so you can begin building your best future.
Acknowledgments xi About the Author xiii Introduction xv Chapter 1 Stop Complaining and StartWinning – Managing Up Is the Key to Your Success 1 Chapter 2 Is Your Boss an Innie or Outie? 13 Chapter 3 The Innie 21 Chapter 4 The Outie 31 Chapter 5 Workplace Styles – Assessing Your Boss’s Workstyle Personality 39 Chapter 6 The Energizer 47 Chapter 7 The Advancer 55 Chapter 8 The Harmonizer 65 Chapter 9 The Evaluator 73 Chapter 10 Difficult Bosses 81 Chapter 11 The Micromanager 85 Chapter 12 The Hands-Off, Absentee, Ghost Boss 95 Chapter 13 The Narcissist 103 Chapter 14 The Impulsive Boss 113 Chapter 15 The Pushover 123 Chapter 16 The BFF Boss 131 Chapter 17 TheWorkaholic 141 Chapter 18 The Incompetent 151 Chapter 19 The Nitpickers and Seagulls 161 Chapter 20 The Truly Terrible – Psycho Crazy Bully Tyrannical Screaming Egomaniacs 169 Chapter 21 It’s Okay to Quit 185 Chapter 22 Bonus Tips – 50Ways to Manage Your Manager 195 Index 203
MARY ABBAJAY is the president and co-founder of Careerstone Group, LLC, a woman-owned, full service organizational and leadership development consultancy that delivers leading-edge talent and organizational development solutions to the public and private sectors. She currently serves on the regional Market President's Board of BB&T Bank. She was Chairman of the Board for Leadership Greater Washington where she led the adult Signature Program, the Youth Leadership Program, and the Rising Leaders Program.
Managing Up outlines a proven strategy for managing those who manage us! In this book, leadership development expert, Mary Abbajay, drew on her years of experience helping companies and individuals to transform their organizations into positive and productive workplaces. Managing Up is filled with effective approaches for managing your manager based on personality and behavioral preferences. Without resorting to brown nosing or sucking up, you will develop the positive skills that can empower you to forge strong relationships, increase cooperation, collaboration, and understanding between those who have different power levels and perspectives. Managing Up holds a unique place among the thousands of books on effective leadership and management. As the author explains, the number one reason people leave their jobs is because of their boss. Most leadership literature centers on how to lead downward. This book explores a more important skill, how to manage up and become a successful follower. Inside these pages, you will discover the key to navigating and targeting personality and behavioral traits. Rather than wishing for the "perfect" boss, you will understand how to adapt to your current boss's style. Once you change your behavior toward your boss, you will be on the road to thriving and surviving in your career. The author includes a wealth of real-world examples that clearly demonstrate how you can better understand your personality and how your personality can adapt to your boss's traits in order to move forward. Imagine being able to effectively manage up! It's a proven approach that is good for you, good for your boss, and good for your organization.
PRAISE FOR MANAGING UP "If you've ever left a job because of an unbearable boss, you're not alone. But quitting isn't your only recourse. If you follow the wise counsel of Mary Abbajay, you can learn how to 'manage your manager.' Managing Up is full of savvy advice for improving your relationship with your boss and getting the most out of your job." —Daniel H. Pink, author of DRIVE and WHEN "What makes Abbajay's book stand out is its direct no-nonsense approach to managing up. It's a virtual how-to book for working with any boss packed with specific ways to deal with different higher ups. A triumph of a book." —Alex Orfinger, Executive Vice President, American City Business Journals "Managing Up is NOT a soft, passive approach to managing your career. It is a strong, proactive guide to understanding your boss and taking control of your own career path." —Michael Klein, Past Executive Vice President, MTV and Condé Nast Entertainment "Abbajay offers fantastic tips and insight for all career stages — every last word is a gem of career advice that will empower your approach to managing your career and your boss. A must read!" —Diana Echevarria, Director, Newman's Own Foundation Fellowship Program "Managing Up is a critical skill for career success and Mary Abbajay has written the definitive guide. Managing Up is full of practical advice and tips that will help you (and your boss!) succeed."—Steve Ressler, Founder, GovLoop.com Abbajay, president and founder of Careerstone Group, a consulting firm specializing in corporate training and leadership development, here focuses on the art of managing your boss. The author contends that learning to manage your boss is the single most important thing you can do to take charge of your workplace life and the most significant soft skill you can learn to manage your career. ... VERDICT An insightful guide for decoding your boss with practical and proven strategies to maintain the relationship effectively.—Jane Scott, Clark Lib., Univ. of Portland, OR Library Journal
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